Writer, volunteer naturalist, skeptic, earnest Sunday School teacher, maker, migraineur.


Hub Cap Seder Plate

I run three sites:

Look Around (Nature Nearby): In the Yard, the Woods, the Parking Lot
Bible Belt Balabusta (Hands-on, Jewy ideas and essays for parents and teachers)
Gone Jewish: Essays On Changing Identities in the Buckle of the Bible Belt

Here are a few essays:

A Wiped Wall Gathers No Mold (Dead Housekeeping)
And Then (Finally) There Was One
 (Garden Rant)
Bud Wiser (Jewish Literary Journal)
Bloom is a Jewish Name (Killing the Buddha)
Mother’s Day: Give and Take (Mamalode)
Witnessing With Wildflowers (Bible Belt Balabusta)
The Iconography of Tam Tams (Gone Jewish)
An Osage Exposé (Garden Rant)
Essays forthcoming in November Bees (8/16), and The Fourth River (9/16).

I also make things and write about them. Three achievements of which I am inordinately proud:

The first Manischewitz Tiki Torch and the first Manischewitz Tiki Torch Menorah

The first PEZuzah: PEZ dispenser  + mezuzah = Pez-uzah

The first LEGO groggers (for the Jewish holiday of Purim)

Oh, and here are the cicada-skin earrings I made during the cicada invasion of 2011.

Thank you for visiting.  Wish I could offer you a cup of  tea.


Joanna Brichetto
• MA, Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt
• Volunteer Tennessee Naturalist
(2012 certification, Tennessee Naturalist Program, Owl’s Hill Chapter)

3 thoughts on “

  1. Was happy to read your thesis. I had seen “The Flying Dutchman” and “Underneath the Lintel” in the same week, and was looking for more background.

  2. Hey, Joanna! I am planning a Chanukah event, and I am definitely going to do a dreidle making table and a dreidle spinning contest. Do you have a special source for legos, or do you just go to the local lego store? And if you ever want to shlep up to Connecticut, the Nutmeggers would love it! Miss you and Nashville —

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